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Economic Development Professional – The City of Sharonville, Ohio

The City of Sharonville (~13,500 residents, ~40,000+ daytime population) seeks an experienced, motivated, and highly collaborative economic development professional to lead the City’s business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. Sharonville is an award winning employer, having been recognized twice (2018 and 2019) by Ohio Business Magazine as a premier workplace and by Engaging Local Government Leaders (2019) as one of the nation’s best local government employers.

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Vice President of Communications and Marketing – The Port – an Ohio Port Authority – Cincinnati, OH

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) is seeking a new Vice President of Communications and Marketing to plan, develop, integrate, and implement the organization’s overall marketing strategies, communication, branding, and public relations activities both internally and externally. As a dynamic leader and change agent, the Vice President’s goal will be to strengthen existing communication efforts and develop a marketing and communications plan that reflects The Port’s mission and goals, addresses target audiences and key stakeholders, and ensures alignment and consistency of communications throughout the organization.

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News

Uptown Consortium Wins Cincinnati Award for Economic Inclusion Initiatives

The Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Minority Business Accelerator recently awarded Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) with the Goal Setter of the Year award at the 2019 CLIMB Awards (Cincinnati Lifts Inclusion and Minority Business). This award highlighted UCI’s partnership with WEB Ventures LLC around its economic inclusion initiatives, especially surrounding the Uptown Innovation Corridor.

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Loans can help rural industrial park development

Rural industrial parks can get a boost through an initiative now being offered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Rural Industrial Park Loan Program, or RIPL, promotes economic development by providing low-interest direct loans to assist eligible applicants in financing the development and improvement of industrial parks and related off-site public infrastructure improvements.

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10 Economic Development Marketing Blunders to Avoid

Recently, while attending the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Indianapolis, I was struck by the number of people who mentioned Colleen Walton’s blog article, “Put Your Freakin’ State Name on Everything.” People loved that article (and it’s edgy title). In it, Colleen points out the common error of failing to include the state name on marketing materials. One person told us, “That’s so obvious, but it’s something many of us forget.” Then he threw us a question – “What are the most common mistakes that economic developers make when marketing their community?”

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Working Together for Success

Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Ohio (Oct. 8, 2019) – You’ve read the headlines and seen the stories about the recent successes in Erie and Ottawa Counties. From new investments into the region by companies like Mucci Farms and Northern Manufacturing, to mainstays like Quarry Hill Orchards, “business is booming” in the Shores & Islands region. But do you know the stories behind those successes? Why did those businesses choose this area? What caused them to stay and expand? The answers may surprise you.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – October 2019

HB 2 CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS (Cross, J., Lepore-Hagen, M.)  This legislation introduced May 13 would provide $35 million in state funding in FY 2020 and FY 2021 for its programs, with funding allocated as follows:

TechCred Program — $12.3 million a year to reimburse employers and individuals for training to receive a micro-credential, at the rate of $500-$2000 per credential;
Industry Sector Partnerships Program — $2.5 million a year to support regional partnerships across the state, including a grant program to develop the partnerships and promote their mission.

The Bill was assigned to the House Economic & Workforce Development where several hearings occurred.  An amendment was submitted June 5 that moved the TechCred application and due date to better align with education standards, better defined regional sector partnerships, removed audit authority from the bill, included race and gender demographic information gathering requirements, and barred employers with recent minimum wage violations.   The revised bill passed in the House June 12 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where a third hearing with all testimony occurred October 8.

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Tracked Senate Bills – September 2019

State Update:

Ohio Wins $7.5M Federal Grant for Automated Vehicle Project in Rural Areas: The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded an Ohio team $7.5 million for a research project to develop and deploy automated vehicles to rural roads and highways. The project will test the safe integration of automated driving systems and examine the economic effects of the technology.  Partners in the team include DriveOhio (the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) autonomous and connected vehicle initiative), the Transportation Research Center (TRC), Ohio State University, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati, who will contribute an additional $10.3 million, bringing the total size of the project to nearly $18 million. The grant was made possible through DOT’s Automated Driving System Demonstration grant program, which supports projects that are meant to generate data to inform rulemaking and encourage collaboration on automated driving systems. The project was apparently one of more than 70 nationwide competing for $60 million in grants.

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Tracked House Bills – September 2019

State Update:

Davis-Besse Nuclear Plant to Receive $9M Research Funding: On September 13, the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor was awarded a $9 million research grant by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Advanced Reactor Development Pathway Program.  The competitively awarded project will include the installation of an electrolysis unit at the plant, creating a pilot program to showcase a light water reactor hybrid energy system. In addition to the more than $9 million in federal funds, non-DOE partners will chip in about $2.3 million to support the project.  The award is among $15.2 million awarded recently by the federal government to foster advanced nuclear technology efforts.

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Tracked Senate Bills – August 2019

State Update:

The US Department of Agriculture’s Crop Production Report released in early August confirmed that Ohio farmers planted nearly 20% fewer acres in 2019 (compared to 2018) due to record-setting rains earlier this year.  Ohio saw the third highest level of prevented acreage compared with other states, behind only South Dakota (3.86 million) and Illinois (1.5 million).  54 Ohio counties have been granted disaster designations by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue due to rain, flooding or other weather conditions.

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Tracked House Bills – August 2019

State Update:
The US Department of Agriculture’s Crop Production Report released in early August confirmed that Ohio farmers planted nearly 20% fewer acres in 2019 (compared to 2018) due to record-setting rains earlier this year. Ohio saw the third highest level of prevented acreage compared with other states, behind only South Dakota (3.86 million) and Illinois (1.5 million). 54 Ohio counties have been granted disaster designations by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue due to rain, flooding or other weather conditions.

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Events

Northeast Ohio Development Exchange Holiday Event

Catch up with your colleagues and meet new ones at a year-end NODE special holiday lunch at Root Candles in Medina. You’ll enjoy a lunch with a historical overview from President Brad Root before we get a factory tour. And just in time for the holidays, we’ll visit the factory store for your gift-buying needs. There will also be some holiday surprises!